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GoPro Hero12 Black Goes More Pro

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The Hero12 Black has been announced by GoPro and although it’s not what the rumours suggested – in some ways it’s actually better. And it will cost A$649.

Speculation of a larger sensor with 8K video did not eventuate but what we have is a GoPro camera with so many extra features it makes sense for pros and consumers at the same time.

Here’s a list of key product details:

Up to 2x Longer Runtimes: Dramatically improved power management system delivers 70 minutes of continuous recording at 5.3K60 (HERO12 Black’s highest performance setting), over 95 minutes at 5.3K30 and over 155 minutes of continuous recording at 1080p30, all with HyperSmooth 6.0 video stabilisation on.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photo + Video: HDR delivers eye-popping high dynamic range photos and 5.3K+ 4K video.

Market-Leading 5.3K Resolution + 8x Slo-Mo: 5.3K video delivers 91% more resolution than 4K and an incredible 665% more than 1080p. Slow down to 8x slo-mo in up to 2.7K resolution. Or grab up to 24.7 megapixel frame grabs and 27 megapixel photos. Capture 4K video at up to 120 frames per second for 4x slo-mo.

GoPro Hero12 Black can function at depths of 10m+

Wide Angle Perspectives with Max Lens Mod 2.0 Accessory: 36% wider field of
view when capturing widescreen video and 48% taller field of view when capturing vertical
video. Now with 2x more scratch-resistant lens and a durable hydrophobic lens coating that
wicks water drops away.

GP-Log + available LUTs: GP-Log with available Look Up Tables (LUTs) allows professional users to have more control with post-production editing and colour grading.

Wireless Audio Support for Apple AirPods + Other Bluetooth Devices: Now you can record audio straight to HERO12 Black from Bluetooth devices such as Apple AirPods, earbuds, headphones and microphones—great for vlogging, scene narration and issuing voice commands to control your HERO12 Black from a distance.

Video Stabilization with 360° Horizon Lock: HyperSmooth 6.0 features next-generation AutoBoost that automatically boosts video stabilisation as needed, while
maintaining the smallest cropping margin possible with imperceptible transitions between crop levels. HyperSmooth 6.0 also enables horizon-levelling even with full 360° camera rotation in the Linear + Horizon Lock digital lens or in all lens settings when using the Max Lens Mod 2.0 accessory.

8:7 Aspect Ratio: 1/1.9” sensor enables market-leading versatility with its extra-large
8:7 aspect ratio that can be cropped into vertical 9:16, widescreen 16:9, traditional 4:3 or
full-frame 8:7 aspect ratios. Now available across all video resolutions as well as TimeWarp, Time Lapse, Night Lapse and all Night Effects modes.

GoPro-Exclusive HyperView Ultra-Wide Angle Lens Setting: HERO12 Black’s HyperView digital lens sets a new bar for immersive, wide-angle video. Also available as an even wider Max HyperView perspective when using the optional Max Lens Mod 2.0 accessory.

New GoPro Max Lens Mod 2.0

New Vertical Capture Mode: Capture vertical video with HERO12 Black mounted
horizontally—perfect for sharing straight to vertically-oriented social channels.

Simplified Camera Controls: Updated “Easy Controls” for users looking for maximum
convenience and streamlined “Pro Controls” for advanced users looking for maximum control and efficiency.

Night Effects with Still Images: Light Painting, Vehicle Light Trails and Star Trails enable pro-level capture with push-button ease.

New Power Tools: Interval Photo joins a suite of Power Tools designed to help you capture video and photos in unique ways. Interval Photo enables photo-capture at fixed intervals, from every 0.5 seconds all the way up to every 120 seconds.

Timecode Sync: Sync an unlimited number of HERO12 Black cameras for easy multi-camera editing. Works with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and other leading editing apps.

1/4-20 Mounting: HERO12 Black’s mounting fingers now feature 1/4-20 mounting threads, making HERO12 Black compatible with standard camera mounts and accessories.

Auto-Upload to the Cloud, Auto Edits + Unlimited Backup: Available for GoPro subscribers, HERO12 Black auto-uploads to your GoPro cloud account while the camera is charging, and you’ll receive an automatic highlight video after the upload is complete. There’s no limit to the amount of GoPro footage you can upload to your GoPro cloud account and all footage is stored at 100% source quality.

GoPro Hero12 Black is more ‘mountable’ than ever

Rugged: HERO12 Black is waterproof to 10 metres with no additional housing required and is built “GoPro Tough” to take a beating. GoPro subscribers enjoy “no questions asked” damaged camera replacement.

NEW Extension Pole + Waterproof Shutter Remote

GoPro is launching a new 1.2m extension pole to just 25cm and it’s designed to
work with HERO12 Black’s new 1/4-20 mounting threads. Mounting fingers are also included to ensure compatibility with all GoPro cameras. Included with the new extension pole is a detachable, wearable and waterproof Bluetooth shutter remote that makes it easy to control HERO12 Black’s shutter even when the pole is fully extended. The new remote will be compatible with: HERO12 Black, HERO11 Black, HERO11 Black Mini and
HERO10 Black.

Pricing and Availability

HERO12 Black (A$649.95) and Max Lens Mod 2.0 (A$169.95 or A$135.95 for GoPro
subscribers) are available for preorder on GoPro.com starting today. Both products will be available in stores globally on September 13, along with HERO12 Black Creator Edition for $949.95 AUD.

The all-new Extension Pole + Waterproof Shutter Remote will be available in October 2023.

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GoPro Hero12 Black is Feature Packed

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GoPro Hero12 Black

This is the GoPro Hero12 Black – none of rumours proved true – but that doesn’t matter – because GoPro made improvements that make more sense for punters and pros.

In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we covered off some of the key features which I reckon most people, pros or amateurs, will love.

Watch Djuro Sen explain the key features of the GoPro Hero12 Black to Tim Gilbert on Sky News Australia

Some key features:

70 minutes of continuous recording at 5.3K/60  

8x slo-mo in up to 2.7K resolution.

GoPro Hero12 Black has Wireless Audio Support

Wireless Audio for AirPods + Other Bluetooth Devices

GP-Log (for professional grading)

HyperSmooth 6.0

Timecode Sync an unlimited number of HERO12 Black cameras for easy multi-camera editing.

Enjoy multicam timecode sync by using a QR code

Simplified Camera Controls plus Pro

1/4-20 Mounting 

Wider field of view, even wider with Max Lens Mod 2.0 Accessory

GoPro Hero12 Black has several new wide angle options

Works at depths of 10m+

Auto-Upload to the Cloud, Auto Edits + Unlimited Backup

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Electric Air Taxis Closer to Reality

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we discussed how electric air taxis using eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicles) are getting closer to reality with more successful test flights being conducted around the world.

In recent weeks there has been a lot of approvals and test flights that have moved the air taxi timeline along. We could see commercial flights as early as 2024/25 in the United States.

Companies like Joby Aviation and Archer Aviation are well down the track with pilot controlled eVTOLs while Ehang are using autonomous drones.

The goal is to cut down on road traffic – especially on the way to the airport.

DJI’S NEW ACTION CAMERA IS A WORTHY CHALLENGER TO GOPRO

DJI’s latest OSMO Action 4 camera throws down a serious challenge to GoPro’s Hero 11 Black.  I was impressed by the larger sensor in the Action 4, colours and battery life. 

DJI OSMO ACTION 4 FEATURES

  • 1/1.3″ Sensor & Stunning Low-Light
  • 10-bit & D-Log M Color Performance
  • -20°C Freeze Resistant, 160 minutes* battery operation time
  • Deep-Freeze Resistant & Long-Lasting Battery operation time
  • Dual Full-Color Touchscreens
  • Featured functions
  • 4K/120fps & 155º Ultra-Wide FOV 
  • 360° HorizonSteady
  • Waterproof up to 18m without waterproof case, and 60m with waterproof case
  • Magnetic Quick Release & Native Vertical Video
  • *Measured at room temperature (25°C) and 1080p/24fps (16:9), with RockSteady on, Wi-Fi off and screen off.
  • SnapShot Button & Quick Switch Button offers immediate recording and instant mode switching.
  • Quick Switching Between Five Custom Modes allows users to save their frequently used custom settings and switch between modes on the fly with the Quick Switch button and voice prompts.
  • Voice Prompt informs users of current modes without needing to unmount the camera. 
  • Voice Control recognises voice commands with a high recognition rate to control the camera when hands are busy.
  • Upgraded InvisiStick recognises and digitally hides the selfie stick and eliminates the selfie stick from your shots in a wider range of scenarios.
  • Digital Zoom of up to 2x can be adjusted while recording for better image composition.
  • DJI Mic Compatibility via the Type-C port, and external mics via 3.5mm to Type-C cable.

OPPO SHAKES UP THE LOCAL PHONE MARKET WITH ITS LATEST DEVICE

The OPPO Reno10 5G is now available in Australia – with a local price of $749. That makes the Reno10 a direct competitor to the Google Pixel 7a – same price. 

This gives consumers a tough choice – but it’s great to see the competition at this price point. 

The Reno10 5G features a large 64MP 1/2-inch sensor on its Main Camera for even greater image clarity, and also a 32MP IMX709 Telephoto Portrait Camera for an enhanced portrait experience. 

With its 2X optical zoom, the camera can be used to take high-resolution photos at a professional 47mm portrait focal length, capturing natural and undistorted portraits with stunning realism. What’s more, the camera’s IMX709 RGBW sensor is capable of gathering more light information,.

Plus 8 MP, f/2.2, 112˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm

The 6.7-inch large display features a 120Hz Ultra High Refresh Rate and support for 1 billion colours, creating a more responsive, detailed, and lifelike visual experience.

Featuring 67W SUPERVOOC™ Flash Charge, the Reno10 5G offers rapid charging with the ability to charge the large 5,000mAh battery to 100% in approximately 47 minutes. With the additional support from OPPO’s exclusive Battery Health Engine, the effective battery lifespan of the Reno10 5G can be extended to as many as 1,600 charge and discharge cycles. 

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DJI OSMO ACTION 4: First Look at Adventure Combo Kit

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DJI’s latest OSMO Action 4 camera throws down a serious challenge to GoPro’s Hero 11 Black. In this first look video I was impressed by the larger sensor in the Action 4, colours and battery life. Before you buy your next action camera, you need to watch this and my follow up comparison video.

The Adventure Combo kit comes with three batteries and a streamlined charging case. Battery life is one of the key selling points of the OSMO Action 4 so to have a nicely packaged group of three batteries is outstanding.

That and a bigger sensor with 10-bit colour and you have yourself a great little action camera.

DJI OSMO ACTION 4 FEATURES

  • 1/1.3″ Sensor & Stunning Low-Light
  • 10-bit & D-Log M Color Performance
  • Deep-Freeze Resistant & Long-Lasting Battery operation time
  • -20°C Freeze Resistant, 160 minutes* battery operation time
  • Dual Full-Color Touchscreens
  • Featured functions
  • 4K/120fps & 155º Ultra-Wide FOV 
  • 360° HorizonSteady
  • Waterproof up to 18m without waterproof case, and 60m with waterproof case
  • Magnetic Quick Release & Native Vertical Video

*Measured at room temperature (25°C) and 1080p/24fps (16:9), with RockSteady on, Wi-Fi off and screen off.

Additional Features 

  • SnapShot Button & Quick Switch Button offers immediate recording and instant mode switching.
  • Quick Switching Between Five Custom Modes allows users to save their frequently used custom settings and switch between modes on the fly with the Quick Switch button and voice prompts.
  • Voice Prompt informs users of current modes without needing to unmount the camera. 
  • Voice Control recognises voice commands with a high recognition rate to control the camera when hands are busy.
  • Upgraded InvisiStick recognises and digitally hides the selfie stick and eliminates the selfie stick from your shots in a wider range of scenarios.
  • Digital Zoom of up to 2x can be adjusted while recording for better image composition.
  • DJI Mic Compatibility via the Type-C port, and external mics via 3.5mm to Type-C cable.

Image Quality

The Osmo Action 4 comes with an ungraded 1/1.3″ image sensor, wide f/2.8 aperture, and 2.4μm-equivalent pixel size. You can shoot 4K/120fps at 55° ultra-wide FOV.

The 10-bit D-Log M colour mode provides over one billion colours and a wider dynamic range, giving more flexibility for post-production. An advanced colour temperature sensor ensures true-to-life tones, whether you’re shooting outdoors, indoors, or underwater, resulting in vibrant colours that leap out of the camera.

The low light performance of this camera is actually pretty impressive. Action cameras are traditionally awful when it comes to low light. But I found that the Action 4 can deliver acceptable results.

When it comes to smooth video, the Action 4 has 360° HorizonSteady stabilisation modes, including RockSteady 3.0/3.0+ for FPV footage and HorizonBalancing /HorizonSteady for horizontal shots, Osmo Action 4 ensures stable and high-quality imagery in various sports and non-sporty scenarios.

It has three mics and advanced wind noise reduction software that enables recording with enhanced audio fidelity, even in windy or fast-moving scenarios. With Wi-Fi live streaming capability, you can easily connect with your audience using Wi-Fi or your phone’s hotspot, ensuring a seamless broadcasting experience. Use an external power supply to keep your action camera charged during longer streams to ensure an uninterrupted broadcast. 

Battery Life

I got well over an hour shooting time in 4K/50 with the Action 4 on the roof of my car. I could have gone a lot longer as the indicator was still showing around a third remaining. With its ultra-long battery life, you can film for over 2.5 hours – at lower resolution. When it’s time to recharge, the fast-charging capability ensures you’re ready to shoot quickly, needing just 18 minutes to bring the battery up to 80% charged. Additionally, Osmo Action 4’s battery is built to withstand low temperatures with a freeze-resistant design. With up to 150 minutes of recording time in temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F), you can confidently embark on your adventures without worrying about battery performance.

Displays

The dual water-stain-resistant touchscreens eliminate the need to struggle with the action camera when making parameter adjustments during selfies, mode switching, or video playback. Additionally, Osmo Action 4 offers customisable modes and a Quick Switch button for seamless transitions between shooting modes. Features like SnapShot ensure you never miss a memorable moment and you have the ability to save and access frequently used settings. Additionally, Osmo Action 4 is designed to withstand depths of up to 18 metres without a case, allowing you to dive in with confidence and enjoy easy operation even with wet hands.

AI Editing with the LightCut App

The LightCut app seamlessly connects wirelessly to Action 4 via Wi-Fi, allowing for quick previews and auto-editing without the need for transferring footage from the camera.

The app gives you access to a live feed of the camera and offers various story templates and accessible in-app editing tools. LightCut can recognise themes within the footage, recommend an ideal shot sequence and edit content automatically with just one tap, ensuring superb 4K/60fps videos effortlessly. It can intelligently match exclusive templates with various use scenarios, including biking, diving, surfing, skiing/snowboarding, camping, vlogging, travel, and more. 

Price and Availability

Osmo Action 4 is available now from https://store.dji.com/au and authorised retail partners in several configurations. 

The Osmo Action 4 Standard Combo retails for A$629 and includes Osmo Action 4, one Osmo Action Extreme Battery, the Osmo Action Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame, the Osmo Action Quick-Release Adapter Mount, the Osmo Action Curved Adhesive Base, an Osmo Locking Screw, a Type-C to Type-C PD Cable, an Osmo Action Lens Hood, and an Osmo Action Anti-Slip Pad.

The Osmo Action 4 Adventure Combo retails for A$819 and includes Osmo Action 4, three Osmo Action Extreme Batteries, the Osmo Action Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame, an Osmo Action Quick-Release Adapter Mount, one mini Osmo Action Quick-Release Adapter Mount, one Osmo Action Curved Adhesive Base, two Osmo Locking Screws, a Type-C to Type-C PD Cable, the Osmo Action Multifunctional Battery Case, one Osmo 1.5m Extension Rod, one Osmo Action Lens Hood, and one Osmo Action Anti-Slip Pad. 

All this is shown in the video.

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